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A Room to Love: Sleek bunk beds make small space

We don’t normally associate bunk beds with being sleek and stylish, probably because of who normally sleeps in the beds. This room ignores that thinking.

“This is a bunk bedroom that we recently designed for a client in their weekend ski home,” writes Jennifer Palumbo of Jennifer Palumbo Interior Design in Newton. “The family uses this home year round, from ski season through the summer months. We wanted the design aesthetic to be conducive for any time of year.”

She says with the family members getting tall, it was important to choose extra-long twin mattresses to avoid toes hanging off the end.

“Bunk bedrooms are a popular element of weekend and summer homes, which tend to draw larger groups of family and friends,” Palumbo says.

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State approves plan for Salem’s Bentley School to become a charter

Salem’s Bentley School, one of the lowest achieving public schools in the state, will become a charter school next fall.

Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded two new charters, choosing Bentley, a K-5 elementary, and the UP Academy Charter School of Springfield. Both will be Horace Mann charter schools, funded by the local school districts but run by an independent board.

The Salem school will be called the Bentley Academy Charter School.

“The in-district charter gives us an opportunity to focus — and I think in a stronger way — on some of the needs of the students in that school,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who also chairs the School Committee and supported Bentley’s shift to a charter.

For the last four years, Bentley has struggled with academic achievement.

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